Mr. Speaker, on April 19, 1775, 235 years ago, shots rang out in Massachusetts that forever changed the history of the world. British redcoats were ordered to seize the weapons of American militia, even though its never a good idea to try to disarm the American people.
The famous midnight ride of Paul Revere warned the Minutemen that the invincible British were coming. As the sun rose over the town of Lexington, Massachusetts, the first shots rang out against the British tyranny, shots heard around the world.
At the north bridge of Concord, patriots fought the British Army. The mighty British were defeated and turned back towards Boston. These were the first battles of the American Revolution to throw off the yolk of tyranny for a new idea of freedom.
The people of Massachusetts have fired a second shot heard around the world. Yesterday, they fired back against big, intrusive government, not with bullets, but with ballots. The Senate election was a statement for freedom over oppression. Our government, like the British, would do well never to underestimate the American people.
And thats just the way it is.
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